Olympics: Day 2 Gold for GB


Gold and World Record for Wiggins, Clancy, Burke and Doull whilst Kenny and Skinner are fastest in Men’s Sprint on day 2 of the Rio Olympics

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Olympics: Day 2 Gold for GB
Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull, Ed Clancy and Steven Burke have won the Olympic gold for the Men’s Team Pursuit after an edge of the seat battle with Australia in the final.

Whilst the GB team broke the world record twice in the one day, it was no walk in the park for the defending champions. Australia (Alexander Edmondson, Jack Bobridge, Michael Hepburn and Sam Welsford) came out with a fresh pair of legs (Hepburn) in their line up for the final and started fast (sub world record pace), quicker than GB and with almost three quarters of a second lead at halfway.

After 2500 metres, the gap dropped, from 0.7 to 0.4, and as they approached the 3k mark, the Aussies were down to three and their last man struggling to close a gap after a messy change. GB meanwhile had all four riders with Wiggo doing his thing on the front.

At 3.5k, GB still had all four as Clancy took over from Wiggins and took them into the lead, just. They then lost Steven Burke who bailed after his turn and Doull took it up but a messy fatigue riddled change by him saw Doull fighting to get back to the others as Wiggins put the power down on the front.

Doull though, just 21, fought probably the toughest fight of his life to get back into the trio sprinting for the line and his first Gold medal. GB had won the battle and what an edge of the seat battle it had been.

The team could relax and that they did. With British fans chanting “Wiggo Wiggo” as they stood on the podium, Wiggins, his own man and ever the entertainer, poked out his tongue during the anthem and his teammates couldn’t help smile.”

Earlier in the day, in the first round against New Zealand, fast times were not expected as all GB had to do was to win to make the Gold medal final but the Kiwis proved to be tough to beat and even though GB looked like they coasted the final half lap, they still broke the World record for the first time in the day to set up a ride against Australia who had beaten Denmark in an equally enthralling team on team race.

Bradley Wiggins, who became the first Briton to win eight Olympic medals said afterwards “It’s hard not to come off the track and spout a load of cliches but really, the last 12 months we have done everything together.”

“Training camps at altitude, early starts and late finishes. Cycling on Christmas Day. It was all for this and we’ve done it. These three guys (Doull, Clancy, Burke) here are amazing.”

“When you have guys like that it makes your life easier. I was trying not to think about winning but these guys have been bouncing off the ceiling all afternoon. It was fantastic. It was gold or nothing. I’ll be hungover tomorrow,” added Wiggins.

“I’m trying to soak it all up” he said post race. “We knew it was close, so when we crossed the line it was more relief than anything,” Wiggins explained. “It was an incredible final to be in but I never want to be in a final like that again because it was horrible really”.

“Eighteen months ago there were doubts about whether I could come back and do this. That wasn’t my last race, but it was my last Olympic Games. I’m riding the Tour of Britain in two weeks time so I want to get back and keep riding my bike so that doesn’t become a slog,” continued Wiggins.

“Gent Six Days, which is where I wanted to end it — my first memory as a child is being there with my dad when he was racing it. It will be a nice end to my career, back where I was born, where it all started.”

Speaking about Clancy and Burke, Wiggins explained “People ask me who are the most talented bike riders you’ve ever raced with, it’s probably those two.” As for Doull, he added he “Doully reminds me of a young G (Geraint Thomas) and can do anything in the sport and nothing fazes him, especially Olympic finals at 21”.

Owain Doull: “It’s surreal. To pull it off now is unbelievable. Bradley’s a freak of nature. At the end of the day, to win one Olympics is a big deal and something I’ll be proud of for the rest of my life so to do what Brad’s done and win five is out of this world!”

Steven Burke: “I really wanted to defend the title. It all came together at the right time. We’ve got the best team ever.”

Ed Clancy: “This is the best gold of them all. It was just about keeping your bottle, it wasn’t easy. We could sense by the crowd we weren’t ahead. When we crossed that line a second ahead, I think it was the happiest moment in my life. If truth be told we haven’t won a fat deal between London and now. We had some big downs and crossing the line there has made every single pedal rev and every training session worthwhile. We’ve been through the mill a bit. The medical team have put 1000 man hours into my back to get me here.”

Men’s Sprint
World Champion Jason Kenny and Scotland’s Callum Skinner qualified first and second, both in Olympic record times in qualifying for the men’s Sprint. Whilst the rest of the field seemed to have hit a glass ceiling at 9.8, Skinner went under to qualify in 9.7 and then Kenny came out last and set a stunning time of 9.5.

The job for them though had only just begun and in the next round, the 1/16 finals, both riders were up against quality riders but Kenny cruised to his victory and Skinner too, looked confident, leading his out from the front and holding off the Aussie Constable.
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Heat 1
1 Germany 03:56.9
2 Switzerland 04:03.6

Heat 2
1 Italy 03:55.7
2 China 04:04.2

Heat 3
1 Australia 03:53.4 Qualified for gold
2 Denmark 03:53.5 Qualified for bronze

Heat 4
1 Great Britain 03:50.6 Qualified for gold
2 New Zealand 03:55.7 Qualified for bronze

7-8 places 
7 Switzerland 04:01.8
8 China 04:03.7

5-6 places 
5 Germany 03:59.5
6 Italy 04:02.4

3 Denmark 03:53.8
4 New Zealand 03:56.8

1 Great Britain 03:50.3
Ed Clancy, Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull, Steven Burke

2 Australia 03:51.0


1 KENNY Jason 9.551
2 SKINNER Callum 9.703
3 GLAETZER Matthew 9.704
4 DMITRIEV Denis 9.774
5 BAUGE Gregory 9.807
6 PHILLIP Njisane 9.813
7 ZIELINSKI Damian9.823
8 HOOGLAND Jeffrey 9.837
9 WEBSTER Sam 9.880
10 DAWKINS Edward 9.895
11 PERVIS Francois 9.898
12 EILERS Joachim 9.908
13 XU Chao 9.939
14 KELEMEN Pavel 9.969
15 SARNECKI Rafal 9.980
16 PUERTA ZAPATA Fabian Hernando 9.981
17 CONSTABLE Patrick 10.010
18 LEVY Maximilian 10.035

19 PERALTA GASCON Juan 10.055
20 KANG Dongjin 10.092
21 BOS Theo 10.140
22 IM Chaebin 10.147
23 RAMIREZ MORALES Santiago 10.199
24 CANELON Hersony 10.239
25 NAKAGAWA Seiichiro 10.241
26 SHURSHIN Nikita 10.418
27 MARCANO Cesar 10.649

1/16th Final
Heat 1
1 KENNY Jason 10.245 Qualified
2 LEVY Maximilian +0.066 Repechage

Heat 2
1 SKINNER Callum 10.254 Qualified
2 CONSTABLE Patrick +0.071 Repechage

Heat 3
1 GLAETZER Matthew 10.299 Qualified
2 PUERTA ZAPATA Fabian Hernando +0.058 Repechage

Heat 4
1 DMITRIEV Denis 10.141 Qualified
2 SARNECKI Rafal +0.036 Repechage

Heat 5
1 BAUGE Gregory 10.214 Qualified
2 KELEMEN Pavel +0.050 Repechage

Heat 6
1 XU Chao 10.373 Qualified
2 PHILLIP Njisane +0.145 Repechage

Heat 7
1 EILERS Joachim 10.428 Qualified
2 ZIELINSKI Damian +0.041 Repechage

Heat 8
1 HOOGLAND Jeffrey 10.181 Qualified
2 PERVIS Francois +0.052 Repechage

Heat 9
1 WEBSTER Sam 10.159 Qualified
2 DAWKINS Edward +0.150 Repechage

Women’s Team Sprint

1 China 32.305
2 Russian Federation 32.655
3 Germany 32.673
4 Australia 32.881
5 Netherlands 33.189
6 France 33.625
7 Canada 33.735
8 Spain 33.891
9 New Zealand 34.346

Round 1

Heat 1
1 Australia 32.636 Qualified for bronze
2 Netherlands 32.792

Heat 2
1 Germany 32.806 Qualified for bronze
2 France 33.517

Heat 3
1 Russian Federation 32.324 Qualified for gold
2 Canada 33.684

Heat 4
1 China 31.928 Qualified for gold
2 Spain 33.531

1 China 32.107
2 Russian Federation 32.401

3 Germany 32.636
4 Australia 32.658



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